Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

By Savannah Barr
Cougar News Blog

     A new art class is drawing in new students from around the Cactus Canyon campus for the fourth quarter of the school year.
     Ms. Reesor, an art teacher, has begun a new fifth hour Study Skills class for seventh graders that are looking to expand their drawing skills.
     “They will be learning basic drawing skills like how to shade with a pencil and creating the value scale,” says Ms. Reesor.
     They’ll then move on to a still life, which is a set up of random objects for them to draw. Students in the class will also learn how to draw with a grid system.
     Ms. Reesor’s regular art classes cover a variety of topics in art, but she wanted to offer an enrichment class that goes in-depth on one skill.
     “Our art classes go over everything from drawing, painting, ceramics, and mixed media, but I thought (I should) start an enrichment class only focusing on drawing,” Ms. Reesor said.
     The goal in this art class is for students to have skills that they can put to use in the future. Once they master realistic shading for shapes, they’ll move on to drawing from life, meaning they’ll draw real-life, real-scale objects. Students might use these skills either when they’re casually drawing in class, or will take it to a whole new level, creating art for a living.
     “I look forward to becoming a better artist and being able to draw a face completely,” says Alondra Urias.

Art teacher Paige Reesor shows her work at shows all over the Phoenix area. (Photo from Ms. Reesor)

Art teacher Paige Reesor shows her work at shows all over the Phoenix area. (Photo from Ms. Reesor)

By Bailey Tower
Cougar News Blog

     At Cactus Canyon, several teachers have unique abilities and art teacher Paige Reesor is one of them. Reesor participates in art shows frequently and she still is working on new techniques to become an even better artist.
     She usually has one to two art shows per-month. Sometimes the shows last for a whole month or sometimes it is a one day event like live painting for concerts or festivals.
     Reesor has art shows and festivals lined up for the next few months.
     Reesor, who said she has wanted to be an artist since she was 5, likes challenging herself and using intense colors.
     “I like portraits the most. I like the challenge of trying to capture someone’s face. I also love experimenting with bright colors,” said Reesor. “I am still trying be a great artist. Always trying and practicing.”
     Reesor is even able to sell her paintings and drawings her shows and earns a good amount of money when she sells her paintings.
     “Each piece is about a few hundred dollars and it’s a nice extra income. I can’t live off of it yet, but it is nice to pay some bills with it,” said Reesor.
     Reesor wants to influence her students to find inspiration in art and hopes being a working artist helps with that.
     “I believe my students see how art can be used in many different career paths. I hope my students find some form of inspiration for themselves,” Reesor said. “All I do is just try to get my art out in the public eye, and I usually get a positive response back.”


By Gracie Lentz
Cougar News Blog

     The CCJH PTO donated money to yearbook, art, physical education and the life skills program at its meeting in December..
     The group decided to donate $1,500 to Gail McFarland’s art class, Brad Rumple’s P.E. class, Jason Davis’ yearbook and Desirae Bickle’s Life Skills. This money is going to be used to pay for things the class needs or is using for a project of some sort.
     The art class was donated $500, P.E. and yearbook each received $400, and the Life Skills program was donated $200.
     Mr. Davis said he appreciated the donation and will use some to buy better camera equipment.
     “Some of the money went toward the purchase of five yearbooks,” Davis said. “We will be using rest of the the money to buy a new lens or two. They are very expensive, so we may have to save up a little bit.”
     Some of the money will be used to improve older equipment that is no longer useful. It will be used to buy new equipment for the class and new materials that needed to be replaced. Coach Rumple says he appreciates what the PTO has done and will use the money to buy new dodge balls. McFarland is using some of the money to buy ceramic clay for her clay unit.
     “The PTO has helped my classroom in need they have bought weight training equipment and have helped to improve our PE equipment,” he said. “They always come through.”
     The classes having better equipment and materials will benefit students who take the classes.
     “It helps students in class by giving them access to better equipment, which helps everyone produce better images,” Davis said. “Ultimately, that makes our book better, and that benefits everyone who buys one. The nice thing about buying nice equipment is that we can use it for many years so it is a gift that keeps on giving.”

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By Gabriel Gentry
Cougar News Blog

     Gail McFarland and Daughters of the American Revolution held a Constitution Week poster contest during the week of September 17 to the 23.
     Mrs. McFarland, the art teacher from Cactus Canyon Junior High, and the DAR held a Constitution Week poster contest in which students could use any medium and any of the amendments in the Bill of Rights.
     “I piggy back the Constitution contest on the back of my symbolism unit,” said Mrs. McFarland.
     The five winners, Mondez Tortice, Cheyenne Mckenna, Lokni Robertson, Ava Scalmato and Faith Lingenfelder, all received money according to what place they came in. First place in the competition got $20, second place got $15, third place got $10, and ourth and fifth place both got $5.
     “Constitution Week is celebrated annually during the week of September 17-23,” said Mrs. McFarland.
     Before DAR and Mrs. McFarland released the competition they decided what they were going to base the scores on. In the past there were similar competitions called the Doodle for Google, and Elks Peace Poster contest.
     “I learned to be patient and put effort into my work. I’ve always liked art so it wasn’t that difficult to do. I also learned about the Bill of Rights,” said eighth-grader Cheyenne McKenna.


By Riley Duncan
Cougar News Blog

      The Lions Club has drawn up another poster contest and Cactus Canyon student Savanna Castillo has won the local competition. She will be now moving on to the statewide tournament.
      The Lions International Peace Poster Contest has been held annually for 25 years and is sponsored by the Gold Canyon club. All funds received by the group are donated to nonprofit organizations to support people with disabilities. It also gives scholarships to Apache Junction High School students as well.
      “The Lions Club is a volunteer organization whose motto is ‘we serve.’ All funds go to organizations for sight and hearing,” said Bonnie Weaver of the Gold Canyon Lions club.
      The contest is held to promote art in sixth to eighth grade students at CCJH, Desert Vista, and Peralta Trail. The club invited students ages 11-13 to participate. The theme for this year was “peace, understanding, and love.” Castillo drew the Earth being held up by a pair of hands and being surrounded by doves.
      “A group of four judges from the club committee judged on creativity, artistic quality, and if the theme was followed,” said Weaver.
      In all, there were 131 posters that were submitted, many of which displayed an abundance of artistic ability.
      “It was a hard decision because there were so many artistic posters to choose from,” said Weaver.
      The next step for Savanna’s poster is to go to the state level. If she manages to win state then she will be promoted to the international level, where she will compete with posters from countries around the world.
      “My parents have inspired me to be a peaceful person and I think that drawing is a good way to express peace,” said Savanna.

Art students stay busy

Posted: December 5, 2014 in Academics, Art, Electives

By Tianna Rose
Cougar News Blog

     Cactus Canyon’s art program has spent the semesters doing some new art projects, such as clay, ceramics, U.S. Constitution, and an Amendments poster.
     CCJH students have also done some projects that they did last year such as graffiti, homonyms and human faces.
     Teacher Paige Reesor wants to teach her students technique, art skill, and wants to get rid of the notion that “you can’t teach art.”
     “If you can teach someone a math problem, then I can teach someone to correctly draw a proportional human face,” said Reesor.
Reesor is hoping to get donations from students so that they can do art projects that they did last year. A few things she is asking for are, pantyhoes, wired hangers, and spoons that are easy to bend.
     “If I get donated goods I will do wire sculptures and spoon jewelry again,” said Reesor.
     Katherine Bender, a student in Miss Reesor’s class is hoping to have some really fun art projects in the future. Students say they love the class and that it’s lots of fun.
     “Me and my friends have lots of fun, I love the class,” said Bender.
     Bender is looking forward to the projects in the future.
     “The art projects I have had have been really fun,” said Bender.

By Cassidy Hoxeng
Cougar News Blog

Gail McFarland’s art classes have built their own pinatas for the “Salsa Pinata Festival of Culture and Wellness” that was hosted on May 3. At the event there were many pinatas. From a cactus to a taco, but they weren’t that easy to make.
They made the pinatas by covering a balloon or a box, with about four layers of paper mache and then let it dry. Once it was dry, they painted the balloon or box and added the decorations. Decorations included: tissue paper, string, cotton balls, feathers, etc.
“Ally and I were the last people to finish because when we were making our pinata and it popped, so we had to do it again and it popped again. We had to redo it three times till it finally didn’t pop,” said eighth grade student, Jade Orrantia.
Not only did McFarland’s students attend this event, they also won the event! Cactus Canyon students won all the way up to fifth place. Those who did not win received a certificate, for their hard work. First place went to Bailey Kelly and Diamond Kirk, for their donkey, second place went to Latrell Coyle and Dylan Zimmerman for their yellow sombrero and third place went to Rita Duarte and Maritza Avila for their cactus with a hat and taco.
“It makes me feel proud. I enjoy knowing that the community will see how creative the CCJH students are,” said McFarland.

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By Kathy G.
Cougar News Blog

Cactus Canyon’s art class just finished a project comparing and contrasting prehistoric man to modern day society by looking at the famous Lascaux cave paintings.
Teacher Paige Reesor wanted her students to realize that what was important to people in the past is very different to what is important to people now.
“The Lascaux cave paintings showed hunting animals and surviving,” said Reesor. “While the students focused more on how technology has changed, and things like hygiene, fast food, money, books, music, and medicine.”
Before starting the assignment, Reesor taught the students what the Lascaux paintings were, and had a variety of ways to do so. The French caves are over 17,000 years old and known for their paintings of animals.
“I presented the class PowerPoint slides on the Lascaux cave paintings, and a virtual tour inside the cave,” said Reesor. “I took the students step-by-step on how to use different art materials, keeping everyone at the same pace.”
The students were also able to use many art materials, like water color paints, India ink, calligraphy pens, and soft pastel.
“I wanted my students to get a chance to work with a range of different materials,” said Reesor.
Reesor feels her students went above and beyond her expectations, and that the lessons went very well.
“I learned about cave paintings and the color techniques,” said seventh grader Marijane Jimenez.

By Cori Gibson
Cougar News Blog

The CCJH art classes recently built a cardboard city full of houses, shopping centers, and more in an attempt to find a suitable career.
Art teacher, Gail McFarland, had her classes work in teams to create stores, medical centers, homes, factories, and everything else necessary for the petite fake people to maintain a happy and healthy lifestyle just as people would in the real world.
“I want my students to learn many different things,” McFarland said. “This project incorporates math, engineering, biology, and art. I want them to start thinking about what they want to do as an adult.”
Although students have never done this project before, they were very excited to do it this quarter because it gave them a chance to bond with friends while doing something creative.
“There is a possibility that one of us may become an architect and this skill could help us. We may also find a new hobby that we enjoy doing,” said eighth-grade advanced art student, Brandi Brooks.
By participating in this activity, students were introduced to many new and useful skills such as measuring, interior and exterior design, architectural design, and model building. They also got to research careers that relate to their interests as art students.
“I love this activity because the students (used) recyclable materials including cardboard boxes. Students (had) to find discarded materials and manipulate them to fit their needs,” said McFarland.
McFarland does plan to do this project again in the future. She will have all advanced art students participate in the activity.
“Next year I would like to expand this unit to include a larger lesson on urban design,” said McFarland.

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By Kathy G.
Cougar News Blog

Cactus Canyon had two art contest this quarter. One was from the daughters of the American Revolution which involves history and the other one was a peace poster contest.
Usually when students do art projects they are learning how to do something new but with these two art contests CCJH students were able to use their own ideas to present for the contest.
The peace poster contest was put on by the Lions Club. It was called “Our World Our Future” and was for students ages 11, 12 or 13. CCJH had its own contest to see who would advance to the the Lions Club’s international competition. Eighth grader Sidnee Major got first place, so she gets to go to the international. Serena Waasdorp got second, Rosalyn Arriola got third, and Jack Reynolds got fourth. A lot of the students enjoyed participating and most of the students learned something, whether it was being able to stop and think about how the world is with peace or think of their own ideas on how they can make the world even better.
“I just got the happiness of making my parents proud,” said Waasdorp.
Paige Reesor thought being involved in a contest with kids from all over the globe would help with their courage and being confident with showing their art work.
“I wanted my students to be involved in an international contest,” said art teacher Paige Reesor. “It gives students self-esteem to do something great.”
The DAR contest was tied in with history. Students made drawings about the Constitution and Bill of Rights. The DAR is a national volunteer women’s service organization for descendants of those who fought in the Revolutionary War. There were many drawings in the contest, and a just as many different ideas and interpretations.
“I drew a bear with bare arms that had bare arms written on them with hair, he also had a slingshot in his pocket,” said first-place winner Brandi Brooks. “I wanted to get out of the cliche human with bare arms so I did a bear with bare arms.”
Winners from the DAR contest were Brandi Brooks, first place; Cameron Krueger, second place; Shayne Scoffin, third place.